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Paralyzing Fear or Propelling Faith


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What situations fill you with anxiety and fear?


When my mom was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, I experienced both. I worried, “What if my mom fell and no one helped her? How much time remained to build memories? Could I balance my family’s schedule while honoring my parents?”


When my mom stayed with my family, she loved to sit in her pink wheelchair and watch the birds from our dining room window. She memorized the woodpeckers, goldfinches, and cardinals and whistled their cheery tunes. They always flitted happily from tree to tree, never concerned about their next meal or where to rest their wings.



Such tiny creatures, yet the Lord cares for them.


Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value that many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31 ESV


Why do we worry? Is it because our problems are big and our God is small? Are we grasping at our weak abilities or holding strong to His promises?


As I focused on my overwhelming troubles, I minimized God’s greatness. My fears paralyzed me. I fretted, “God, why my mom and not someone else’s mom?” I fumed as her body deteriorated and cried at the loss of her future dreams. She would miss her grandkids’ games, graduations, and weddings.


My mom was never healed on this earth, but the Lord carried me through the darkest valley. As I learned (and am still learning) to lean on Him and His promises, the Lord gave me strength and peace. My faith propelled me. No trial is to large for Him.


If He can feed the insignificant sparrows and count each strand of hair on ALL of our heads, why would He not help us? When problems knock at your door, let God open the door. Trust Him and focus on Him.

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Heidi J. Smith